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State of Hawaii launches “AlohaSafe” COVID exposure notification app

From their website: AlohaSafe Alert is a free, voluntary new service that helps slow the spread of COVID-19. It is the State of Hawaii’s official exposure notification app and has been developed in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Health. Voluntary You control whether or not you receive notifications (you can opt-in/opt-out anytime). Notifications […]

Collective Bargaining Standing Report going forward

This will be the default collective bargaining and retirement incentive plan update unless otherwise published To reduce unnecessary traffic and redundancy of information from UHPA, you can assume that this report will be the same every week and therefore UHPA will only be publishing news and updates that are substantively different from the following weekly […]

Listen to The Conversation between UH and UHPA

UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern & Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno spoke with Catherine Cruz from Hawaii Public Radio On Dec 29, Catherine Cruz of Hawaii Public Radio invited UHPA Executive Director Christian Fern and UH Provost Michael Bruno on “The Conversation” for a one-hour discussion, “UH Administration Talks Labor Contracts, Federal Aid Ahead of 2021.” […]

UHPA responds to media inquiry about our lawsuit

Some members of the media inquired whether UHPA’s lawsuit would be changed as a result of the announcement by the Governor to delay or defer the furloughs. The following response from our Executive Director Christian Fern provided the rationale for the lawsuit: “Since April of this year, Gov. Ige has continued to send mixed messages […]

UHPA news from week ending 12/28

Bargaining Update Mid-term bargaining and proposed furloughs Refer to 12/23/20 UHPA Article “UHPA Sues Gov. Ige For Mandating Furloughs.” Successor Bargaining Negotiations for a successor UHPA/BOR Unit 7 Agreement continues with another meeting scheduled for Monday, December 28, 2020.  Retirement Incentive There are no new updates or additional information on this matter.  Budget Update The […]

UHPA Sues Gov. Ige For Mandating Furloughs

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA), the union that represents about 3.500 faculty members across all 10 campuses of the University of Hawai‘i system, is taking legal action to block the governor’s plan to implement furloughs and a 9.23% reduction in pay. The lawsuit, filed in federal court today against Gov. David Ige, State […]

UHPA news from week ending 12/21

Bargaining Update Successor Bargaining Negotiations for a successor UHPA/BOR Unit 7 Agreement continues with another meeting scheduled for Monday, December 21, 2020.  Check our website for latest updates. Retirement Incentive UHPA has still not received a formal response from the State’s Chief Negotiator Ryker Wada, Governor David Ige, and the State’s Attorney General over the […]

UHPA news from week ending 12/14

Bargaining Update Mid-Term Bargaining and Proposed Furloughs Please review “UHPA Stands Up Against Governor Ige’s Overreach” published and emailed on 12/11 at about 4:15pm.  Successor Bargaining Irrespective of the situation UHPA is facing with the Employer in mid-term bargaining, negotiations for a successor UHPA/BOR Unit 7 Agreement continues.  Another meeting is scheduled for this Monday, […]

UHPA Stands Up Against Governor Ige’s Overreach

We are now heading into our tenth month of dealing with the health, safety, and economic effects COVD-19 has had on our state. It has been a difficult experience. It has upended and traumatically affected everyone. The pandemic has presented both health and economic crises that no one has been able to escape. The new […]